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Shangri-La to Open 3 Hotels in Northern China

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Hong Kong, China – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle Magazine

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts is pleased to announce three new hotels to open in north China in 2013. The projects are in Qinhuangdao, Tianjin and Tangshan, all of which are important coastal cities on the Bohai Bay with ports serving North China and Northeast Asia.

The Shangri-La hotels will join the group’s portfolio of north China properties in Beijing and Inner Mongolia. With this year’s opening of China World Summit Wing, Beijing, Shangri-La will have eight properties in the region. Developments in the Hebei province, the Tianjin municipality, and an additional hotel in Manzhouli Inner Mongolia, will bring this number to 12 hotels in the region in the next three years.

Shangri-La Hotel, Qinhuangdao
The 320-room Shangri-La Hotel, Qinhuangdao will be an urban resort in the Haigang neighborhood near the central business district. The low-rise contemporary building is located right on the beach and will appeal to business and leisure travelers alike. Each guestroom features a spacious balcony where guests can enjoy views of Bohai Bay. Culinary outlets will include a Chinese and an all-day dining restaurant as well as a bar with live entertainment in the evenings. Meeting space will feature a 1,200-square-metre grand ballroom and a multi-purpose pavilion set within the waterfront landscaped gardens. The health club will include a 25 metre lap pool and an additional freeform pool. Guests travelling as a family will enjoy the children’s club with extensive recreational facilities.

Qinhuangdao is located 320 kilometers north east of Beijing and is one of the economically important cities of Hebei province, while also a popular leisure destination during the summer season. With its location in the Golden Dream Bay, the latest development in Qinhuangdao, the hotel will provide a good base for business travelers, while also providing a seasonal seaside getaway and center for social and corporate gatherings. Rich in mineral resources and a centre of the glass industry, Qinhuangdao’s other key industries include tourism, port logistics and electronic and information technologies.

Shangri-La Hotel, Tianjin
Shangri-La Hotel, Tianjin will be a landmark within Tianjin’s new downtown Kerry Centre complex, linked to the adjacent Kerry Centre Mall and office buildings. Located along the Haihe river, the 535-room hotel will reflect Tianjin’s rich cultural heritage and the diverse local architecture of the historic port city and commercial centre. The hotel’s Horizon Club lounge and sky lounge will offer panoramic views of the city. Dining options will include an all-day dining restaurant, a Chinese restaurant and a lobby lounge and bar. The hotel’s extensive meetings facilities will include a 2,000 square meter grand ballroom.

Tianjin is bordered by the Bohai Sea to the east and the Hebei province encircles the north, west, and south of the city. Located 70 miles southeast of Beijing, the city is thirty minutes by high-speed rail from the capital. In early 20th century, Tianjin was the most commercially developed city in north China and was the home of the first stock exchange in China, which opened in 1921. The city’s port is the most comprehensive and busiest commercial port in north China and operates as a hub of commerce for the region and as a gateway to the capital city of Beijing.

Shangri-La Hotel, Tangshan
Shangri-La Hotel, Tangshan will be located in the Phoenix New Town development on the north side of the city adjacent to the new financial district. The hotel will have 370 guest rooms and suites, some with views of the large public park to the northwest of the hotel. The lobby lounge will be located within an atrium with park views, around which the meeting space, including a 1,375-square-metre grand ballroom, will be located. The hotel will offer an all-day dining restaurant, a Chinese restaurant with Cantonese cuisine and local favorites, and specialty restaurants.

Tangshan is located in the central section of Bohai Bay, with the Yanshan Mountain to the north, Qinghuangdao City to the east and Bohai Sea to the South. Beijing and Tianjin are located 180km and 120km respectively to the west. Facing D.P.R.Korea and South Korea across Bohai Sea, Tangshan has long been known as the treasured land east of Beijing.

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An important coastal port on the Bohai Bay, Tangshan is rich in energy resources, minerals, limestone and gold. The city is a center for energy and raw material production and manufactures glass, pottery, pharmaceuticals, electronics, and automobiles, producing 1,000 cars per day. Phoenix New Town will be the new financial and commercial hub for the city and will include a high tech industrial park with a new luxury residential district. The city is a railway hub of north China and a high-speed railway from Tianjin to Tangshan is planned for completion in 2011.

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